Hurricane Town Elementary School, the first elementary school in the state to be given Lighthouse status through the Leader in Me program, will hold its Leadership Day today starting at 9 a.m. at the school.
The "Leader In Me" program is a nationwide initiative based on the bestselling book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," by Stephen Covey. The program is employed by 1,370 schools across the country. Fifty-six of those schools -- including Hurricane Town Elementary School in Hurricane -- are deemed "Lighthouse Schools," for developing a leadership culture that has impacted the community.
"Because of the success we've seen there, we're in the process of implementing the program in all 13 of our elementary schools by the end of the school year," Hatfield said.
Hatfield said the school promotes the growth of the "whole child" through integrated curriculum, community engagement and the school's Lighthouse Team, which consists of six people. The team is responsible for establishing the school's leadership goals.
The "Leader In Me" program is in line with Putnam County's BASES program, introduced to the county's middle and high schools during the last school year. BASES, or Behaviors, Attitudes and Skills to Enhance Success, encourages an emphasis on attendance, respect, eye contact and other social behaviors important to developing well-rounded students.
The next regular meeting of the Putnam County school board will be held Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in Winfield.
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